McClaughry: The EV flood car swap

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by John McClaughry

Last week Gov. Scott held a news conference where he announced several steps he’s taking to assist Vermonters who have lost their vehicles to flood damage and presumably didn’t have insurance protection for the loss.

This item, in his agenda jumped out at me: “Gas or diesel-powered cars and trucks damaged by flooding – drivable or not – will be eligible for up to $11,000 dollars in trade value for an electric-powered vehicle.” 

I’m having a hard time visualizing this exchange when a flood ruined car is hauled on a car carrier into a dealership, where the dealer is told to give the owner $11,000 credit toward a new – and heavily subsidized, of course  –  electric car. Is the Governor going to show up with a state check for $10,800 to top the ruined vehicle’s trade in value from $200 bucks’ worth of scrap metal up to $11,000? Am I paying for this?

But more quizzical was this from Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn: “We hope these incentive changes will make a difference in curbing the worst effects of climate change and a big difference in the lives of residents still struggling to get back on their feet.”  Does Flynn really believe that paying auto dealers a million bucks or so to take in junk cars and hand out electric cars will help defeat climate change? Secretary Flynn has been drinking too much climate change Kool Aid.

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6 replies »

  1. I don’t think he is drinking the climate change kool-aid, just pushing it.
    Time for major changes in the state!

  2. Bankrupting Vermont and Vermonters by the Climate Change cult to save the planet is pointless as long as China puts a new coal fired power plant online weekly. Equally, banning plastic bags and straws is virtue signaling for midwits, almost all of the plastic garbage in the ocean is the result of Asia and Africa dumping their trash into rivers, allowing it to flow out into the ocean.

    While the US has suffered from de-industialization and the resultant job loss, China is now a polluted wasteland: “China is one of the worst polluters in the world. For example, it is rapidly losing its arable land to toxicity from mining, manufacturing, and desertification. …about 40 percent of China’s waterways either could not sustain life or were unsafe for human consumption. Today, that number is up to 70 percent. Moreover, 80-90 percent of its groundwater is undrinkable. China’s air pollution is known for being the worst in the world, responsible for millions of premature deaths. State officials claim that air pollution is decreasing in China. Yet, at the same time, China is adding more coal mines for energy production, leading to more pollution, not less.”

  3. Why do we Vermonters always end up paying for all these “innovative” ideas? And, just who can actually afford an electric car? They are certainly way more than $11,000. Yeah, just what I thought.

  4. No one is concerned until it affects them personally. You are not going to wake these people up. Vermont is on the self-destruction road. We need to let it collapse. Elections are rigged, the legislature is either impotent or totally corrupt, the media is a bad joke and people are lazy. Those that aren’t will not accept they are wrong. Vermont strong? After 80% of them ran to get injected without any question. Liberals in their cars alone wearing a mask does not equate to VT Strong. All of this makes me sick, not from any virus but from the ignorance and stupidity on display daily in this state. Those of us who have lived for many years cannot understand the depth of ignorance on display. The answer is let it fall. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Buy protection, food and whatever you might need and tell them all to kiss your backside. Those who are truly strong will be fine. The rest will have to suffer for their virtue signaling ignorance. So be it!

  5. The government’s invasion of individual liberty space has generated these kind of absurdities. What’s resulted is such a cloud of obfuscation that there is no possibility of responsible citizen oversight. Isn’t it time to rediscover the merits constitutionally enshrined individual liberty/responsibility and limited government intrusion? Can we start pealing back the avalanche of legislation? Can all legislation have a sunset/expiration date attached? If we’re interested and want it to continue, we’ll let the legislators know.

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